MTV (US), September 23, 2009
EXCLUSIVE: Keanu Reeves Says 'Cowboy Bebop' Movie Getting A Rewrite
by Rick Marshall
We haven't heard anything from the live-action "Cowboy Bebop" movie front in a while, so when MTV News had the chance to chat up Keanu Reeves, the actor bringing main character Spike Spiegel to the screen, we made sure to check in on the adaptation of the beloved anime series.
"There's a draft of the script, but the writer did such a great job [that] in order to make the movie, you would need half a billion dollars," Reeves told MTV News during a press event for "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," his recent film with Robin Wright Penn.
The writer in question is likely Peter Craig, who previously spoke out about how "extremely faithful" his screenplay was to the original anime series. Craig reportedly met with the anime's producers back in December and went home with a detailed letter regarding the adaptation.
However, Reeves indicated that the writer's adherence to the galaxy-spanning adventure of the full entire series might prove a little daunting for production.
"So the studio went, 'This movie is fantastic and it would cost half a billion dollars," laughed Reeves, "so he's doing a rewrite."
As far as who'll be appearing in the film, Reeves hinted that everyone from Spike to Ein could factor into the movie's storyline.
"Everyone is in there," said Reeves.
"The only challenge was to make a satisfying western narrative out of the kind of storytelling that happens," he added. "There's a great draft, so we're just trying to pull it back a little bit now."